It's not so slim up North
Public Health England have done a survey of which areas have the lardiest residents, with Copeland in West Cumbria coming out – after a bit of a struggle – on top.
The borough has 75.9% of its population classed as overweight or obese, which is a bit worrying, but seeing as 63.8% of adults in England have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over - a figure of between 18.5 and 24.9 is deemed healthy for an adult – we’re all on a hiding to nothing of reinforced coffins and wheezing.
The fattest region is the North East, where 68% of people are overweight, followed by the West Midlands at 65.7%. Other obesity “hotspots” include Doncaster (74.4%), East Lindsey in Lincolnshire (73.8%) and Ryedale in North Yorkshire (73.7%). So, it’s not so slim up North.
Local authorities with the highest levels of obesity *plays Whole Lotta Lard for countdown*.
East Lindsey 73.8%
Castle Point 72.8%
County Durham 72.5%
Milton Keynes 72.5%
At the other end of the scales (arf!), the skinniest local authority areas are mostly London and Brighton, with Kensington and Chelsea (45.9%) and Richmond upon Thames (47.6%) being the slimmest.
Kensington and Chelsea 45.9%
Tower Hamlets 47.2%
Richmond upon Thames 47.6%
Brighton and Hove 49.2%
Hammersmith and Fulham 49.7%
According to the BBC, These findings are seen as a good thing however, as it gives local authorities a good indication of how to tackle obesity in their areas.
Last month, the NOF said estimates that half the UK population would be obese by 2050 "underestimated" the problem and called for GPs to proactively discuss weight management with patients, and routinely measure children's height and weight and adults' waist size.
So without wanting to sound like some keep-fit nazi in a leotard, we need to shape up as whole, or else we’ll be on a par with the US with obesity, and Christ knows we don’t want that.